Update! I-9 Forms and Immigration

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Startup

Earlier this year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a newly revised Form I-9 for use by employers. The Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals who are hired for employment in the United States. Thus, all companies who have employees must ensure that a Form I-9 is properly completed for each employee.

As of this date, employers should be using the revised form, which is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

The USCIS’s revisions to the I-9 form are subtle, in that USCIS simply:

  • Added data fields for the employee’s:
    • foreign passport information (if applicable)
    • telephone number
    • e-mail address
  • Improved the form’s instructions
  • Revised the layout of the form, expanding it from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents)

The revised form can be identified by the revision date “3/08/13 N” printed in the lower left-hand corner.

Please contact an attorney if you have any questions about using the Form I-9 or your duties in verifying an employee’s identity and work authorization.